Archive for Horror

I’ll have a story in Dead West!

Posted in Jerrod's writing with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by Jerrod Balzer

My western horror story, “A Show of Rage,” has been accepted for the anthology, Dead West: 13 Tales of Murder and Mayhem by Bandersnatch Books!

Woohoo! And I’m extremely proud to be included with such great talent. Here’s the full table of contents:

Jerrod Balzer – A Show of Rage

Steve Vernon – Border Crossing

Hunter Lambright – Things Worse Than Ghosts

Daniel I. Russell – Rainchild and the Trickster

Rick Hautala – Screaming Head

Steve Rasnic Tem – Sleeping Ute

Lisa Morton – St. Thomas of El Paso

Harry Shannon – The Reckoning

Martel Sardina – The Turtle’s Only Friend

Michael Knost – Thinning the Herd

Maurice Broaddus – Trails End

Steven Shrewsbury – Boston Corbet:: Castro Gunfighter

Matthew Pizzolato – Windigo

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ZOMBIE BASTARD is on the way!

Posted in Jerrod's writing with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by Jerrod Balzer

Get your gun and watch for dangerous boobies! My new novella is at the printers via Novello Publishers! Got a Kindle or other reader? There’s a digital edition, too!

Order the paperback at Horror Mall by clicking HERE or the digital edition HERE (you can download a free excerpt there, also), or you can email the publisher for information on direct paperback orders via PayPal: NickYak@aol.com

Zombie

A delayed curse is taking effect, engulfing a Missouri town with the undead. Leading the onslaught is a creature that lacks mercy or compassion, only an intense drive to see the curse through. Its fate was sealed years ago, simply for being born a…

Bastard

Trevor is dealing with a curse of his own: he has the runs. On a desperate trek to visit his ailing mother, he searches for a decent place to relieve the pressure before moving on. All he wants is to have a movement in peace, but that Zombie Bastard won’t let him.

And that rockin’ cover art is by Caroline O’Neal!

Get some free Nightmare Fuel!

Posted in Cool stuff, Jerrod's writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Rob Callahan put together a podcast as a Halloween treat to everyone. It’s called Nightmare Fuel and offers the following stories:

Rob Callahan reads Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm”
MontiLee Stormer reads “I Do This Because I Love You”
Jerrod Balzer reads “Wolf Plugs”
Mark McLaughlin reads “My Friend the Electrical Lint Squid”
Allegra Lingo reads “Lit Up”
Rich Ristow reads “50 Percent Cabell County Whup Ass”
Rob Callahan reads “The Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Survivors”
Wonder Dave reads “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Homophobia”
Mark McLaughlin reads “The Further Adventures of Lizzy Borden”
MontiLee Stormer reads “The Suicide Bar”
S.D. Hintz reads “The Rot of Autumn”
Rich Ristow reads “The Graven Idol’s Godheart”

Check it out!

Dark Jesters available at Horror Mall!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Yep, they’ve got Dark Jesters, an anthology of humorous horror, ready to go over at Horror Mall. It includes my story, “Wolf Plugs,” which offers a unique way to ward off werewolves.

ORDER IT NOW!

Dark Jesters

10 authors/10 tales–1000 laughs—a couple of screams!

FOSSILIZED BRAAAINS by William A. Veselik

THE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN by Matthew Fryer

TONGS AND THE ROACH by David T. Wilbanks

BLESS THE BEASTLY CHILDREN by Laura Cooney

WOLF PLUGS by Jerrod Balzer

HACKS by Sam Battrick

PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG by Robert Guffey

CURSE OF THE BLIND EEL by James Roy Daley

RETIREMENT by Rob Brooks

DEADNECK WOMAN by Mark Justice

Over at the Metal Crypt, we had Nick Cato on a few weeks back to talk about it, and had lots of fun. Check it out:

Dark Jesters up for pre-order!

Posted in Jerrod's writing with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Woohoo!  Just in time for Halloween, the anthology of humorous horror, Dark Jesters, will be released by Novello Publishers.  It features the story, “Wolf Plugs,” by yours truly.  Here’s the full table of contents:

10 authors/10 tales–1000 laughs—a couple of screams!

– FOSSILIZED BRAAAINS by William A. Veselik
– THE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN by Matthew Fryer
– TONGS AND THE ROACH by David T. Wilbanks
– BLESS THE BEASTLY CHILDREN by Laura Cooney
– WOLF PLUGS by Jerrod Balzer
– HACKS by Sam Battrick
– PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG by Robert Guffey
– CURSE OF THE BLIND EEL by James Roy Daley
– RETIREMENT by Rob Brooks
– DEADNECK WOMAN by Mark Justice

Michele Lee’s ROT – cover, web page, and excerpt

Posted in Skullvines Press with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Zombies Can Be Such a Burden

So you’ve raised your loved ones from the dead, but had no idea how difficult it would be to care for them.

No problem! Silver Springs is a warm, peaceful facility equipped to handle all your zombie needs. Their friendly staff will ensure they have a safe environment with daily exercise and raw meat.

Rest easy knowing they’re in good hands… as they rot.

In Michele Lee’s Rot, you won’t find an apocalypse or Romero-style flesh-eaters. This is far more disturbing.

In a world where certain people can will others back from death, Silver Springs Specialty Care Community caters to the undead for those who aren’t quite ready to let go (zombie milk available by special arrangement at the home office).

Dean, retired from the military and looking for an easier life, runs security at this zombie herding farm, but he learns that dark injustice is not unique to war. There’s a rotten core to Silver Springs. Now, Dean and a quickly-decaying corpse named Patrick are on the hunt for a woman they both love and lost to a lucrative business that specializes in greed, zombies and never having to say goodbye.

Cover art by Mark McLaughlin

**Available for Pre-Order very soon!**

Here’s what others are saying:

“Part detective story, part romance, all horror, Michele Lee’s Rotis an exceptional piece of work, one of those rare stories that manages to seamlessly blend together all those elements that make a horror story memorable, and it does so with such a confident voice, one might think Lee – a relative newcomer – is secretly channeling the masters. Rotis nothing less than the unveiling of an exciting new talent in the horror field, one I suspect – and hope – we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future.”

~Kealan Patrick Burke, author of Master of the Moors, The Turtle Boy, and Currency of Souls

“Smart zombies, a mystery, and a love story – this has so many elements foreign to the typical zombie story, that it will be a true inspiration to any fan of the undead. In these pages we see real inhumanity, dark humor, and hope, and we realize our favorite monster is capable of so much more than gut munching and being shot in the head. Don’t miss this one.”

~Kim Paffenroth, author of Dying to Live and Dying to Live: Life Sentence

Rot is a definite winner. It’s well-written, has lots of plot twists, characters we care about, and it strikes more emotional chords than you’d probably expect in a novella about flesh-eating zombies.”

~Jeff Strand, author of Pressure

Want a taste? Here’s an excerpt:

The door beeped. Amy and I became conspicuously quiet. Dodgeston, a keeper dressed in blue scrubs embroidered with his name, came in with a young-looking blond man. Dodgeston nodded to me and left without a word or a look to either of the corpses in the room. Patrick sat sullenly at the desk with Amy.

“Hi, Amy.”

“Hi, Patrick. This is Dean. He’s the one that’ll kill us the day we go rogue.”

“Hi, Dean.” Patrick regarded me, then turned to Amy. “Did you try the ‘brains’ thing on him?”

“Yeah, he thought it was funny.”

Patrick nodded as if he approved.

The conversation was strange in several ways. Neither of them seemed to be bothered, or joking, when they mentioned that I might have to kill them. And it didn’t help that Patrick had a deep, bloodless gash across the right side of his forehead. It looked more like a fake movie effect than human flesh. It hadn’t even been stitched closed by the mortician. Perhaps it was one more punishment Patrick’s parents wanted him to endure.

“So he’s decent then?” Patrick asked.

“Yeah.”

I’d seen the other workers speak casually with each other, treating the residents as if they were nothing more than furniture. But being on the receiving end of it was irritating. “I can hear you, you know.”

“We know,” Patrick said. “So what are we doing today?”

“Nothing,” Amy answered. “The place is dead.”

I chimed in with a flat, “Ha, ha, ha.”

Amy smiled impishly at me before turning away.

Things were tense because we’d all had to pass Sabrina Rosa on the way to the back room. Hers was the heartbreaking kind of case you couldn’t find words for. She was a pretty little thing, delicate and well-formed with long black hair and beautiful Hispanic features. She’d died six weeks ago, hemorrhaging during child birth.

On the advice of the doctor, her husband had her raised and brought immediately to Silver Springs, where she expressed a steady supply of breast milk for their daughter. She begged daily to be allowed to see the child, and as depressing as it was, I couldn’t blame the father for wanting his daughter to remember her mother from pictures rather than the undead thing that nursed her.

“Monitor, west sector fence check.”

I grabbed my radio and keyed the mike. “Confirmed.”

When I turned back to Amy and Patrick, they had dark looks on their faces. I was unsure what had happened in that moment to change the light mood. “What’s wrong?”

Patrick looked at Amy, who avoided looking at me. I was beginning to hate that.

“You should tell him, if he’s that decent.”

“Tell me what?”

Amy didn’t answer. More looks passed between them that I disliked, and it was the bad feeling at the pit of my stomach dislike.

“Just tell me.” My amusement was long gone.

“Let’s just say we aren’t the only monsters here,” Amy said quietly. The barely-contained emotion in her voice made her sound more human than ever. “The day I go savage, if I have even a bit of brain left, there will be certain people I’m aiming for.”

Cover art for Grave Bits!

Posted in Skullvines Press with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

This upcoming Skullvines Press title is outstanding.  Grave Bits combines 24 dark, deep poems by Todd Hanks with the gorgeous artwork of Juan McGowan.  Among vampires, scarecrows, and other creatures from various cultures, the reader will experience ritual sacrifice, intimacy, and madness.  Juan’s artwork accompanies each, bringing the imagery to life with fantastic detail.